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Welcome to Our New Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:41 AM by Maddy Kluesner   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 7:41 AM by Sara Danzinger ]
Dean John Coleman sent out the following announcement On August 26, 2016 from cladean@umn.edu to CLA Faculty and Staff:

Please join me in welcoming Professor Steven Manson as CLA’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, effective Monday, August 29 and through the 2018-19 academic year.

Professor Manson is a member of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society and is graduate faculty in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Conservation Biology, and Population Studies. Steve is widely regarded among his colleagues for the caliber of his research, his commitment to mentoring and engagement, and his support of a wide range of methodological approaches.

Steve combines environmental research, social science approaches, and geographic information science to understand complex human-environment systems. His wide range of projects are supported by over $25m in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Justice. This work has been published in top disciplinary journals and broader venues including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a CLA Scholar of the College, a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment, as well as a past NASA New Investigator in Earth-Sun System Science and NASA Earth System Science Fellow. His recognitions include a Young Scholar award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the Supporting Women in Geography Advising Award for his graduate advising, a University of Minnesota McKnight Land Grant Professorship, and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America.

Professor Manson brings administrative experience to both his research and graduate program portfolios, having co-founded and directed U-Spatial, the university’s spatial science and systems infrastructure, which has worked with over 2000 individuals across 150 units on campus and brought in over $50 million in grants and research resources. Other interdisciplinary research initiatives include the OVPR Serendipity Team and a range of university and national advisory boards, review panels, and program committees. He recently served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geography, Environment, and Society, and is past Director of the Masters of Geographic Information Science program.

The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs is a member of the CLA administrative leadership team and works collaboratively with the dean, the other Associate Deans, and the directors of CLA’s fiscal, human resources, technologies and innovation services, and advancement offices. The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs also works closely with CLA’s grants and research support services staff, the Associate Deans and leadership in other colleges, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research as well as the Directors of Graduate Studies throughout CLA to address issues unique to particular programs as well as the formulation and implementation of university and collegiate policy and practice.
I am delighted that the College will benefit from Professor Manson’s experience and expertise in this critical role. Steve will build on the strong foundation and outstanding work in research and graduate programs established by Associate Dean Alex Rothman, and I thank Alex for extending his term when I arrived at CLA and for his tireless service to the College.

Professor Manson’s creative and inventive thinking and experience will play a central role in advancing the CLA Roadmap goal of relentlessly pursuing research and creative excellence, and he has likewise demonstrated accomplishment in the Roadmap goals of promoting student readiness, diversity and inclusion, and engagement. I invite you to join me in thanking Steve for taking on this service on behalf of the College.